Summertime! The park! The beach! The campground! Uh oh! The bee sting! The sunburn! The knee scrape! Summer brings lots of outdoor fun but also the possibility of outdoor injuries. No need to keep the kids inside, just follow these environmentally-friendly tips. Recommended products are available at Whole Foods Market.

  • Sunscreen:

    We now know that sunscreen is vital in protecting everyone’s skin from sunburns and damage that may eventually lead to cancer. Whole Foods recommends Alba Botanica Natural Sunscreen (SPF 30) which has a system of natural emollients and therapeutic antioxidants. It protects your family’s skin from UVA and UVB rays while nourishing the skin at the same time. It is gentle, non-greasy and absorbs quickly.

  • Bug Spray:

    Bugs are all over the place in the summer months and can lead to all sorts of painful bites. Keep them away with long-lasting Buzz Away Pump Spray Insect Repellent, a DEET-free bug spray. It uses essential plant oils including soy bean and geranium.

  • Skincare:

    Heat and activity can bring skin irritation and dryness. Replenish your skin with DermaMed Ointment. This ointment includes zinc to heal and moisturize irritated skin.

  • Pain Reliever:

    All that hiking and running around is sure to bring bumps, bruises and aches. Boiron Arnica Gel is a great topical pain reliever that also reduces swelling and discolouration.

  • Bandages:

    Sticks and stones add up to trips and falls and cuts and scrapes. The All Terrain Eco Guard Bandages are chemical and latex-free and come in all sorts of sizes. Their packaging is made of recycled products which helps keep the environment ready for play for years to come.

  • Extras:

    Cotton balls are a final and very versatile first aid essential. They’re great for cleaning wounds, stopping bleeding and applying ointments. Organic Essentials Cotton Balls are made of entirely organic cotton which means no chemicals for your family.

With these summer first aid essentials in tow, you and your family are prepared for whatever mishap summer brings. You can face the great, sunny outdoors with that all important “Bring it on!” attitude knowing that you can easily alleviate any minor injuries your kids may encounter. Now go play outside!

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Splash into Safety this Summer

-Danica Longair